Morecock, Fartwell, & Hoare by Russell Ash
A Collection of Unfortunate but True Names

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There’s a baby born every minute and each one has to be named. In this book, you’ll find an insanity of nomenclature that beggars belief. Russell Ash has trawled birth, marriage, and death certificates, phone books, and censuses going back centuries to compile a compendium of breathtakingly unlikely-but-true names.

Why on earth would Mr. and Mrs. O’Shea name their son Rick? What were the Fants thinking when they named their child Elle? Or Mr. and Mrs. Royd, for that matter, when naming their daughter Emma? Or how about Everard Cock, Page Turner, or Sally Forth?

In this painstakingly researched, utterly true, riotously entertaining collection, readers will discover real-life examples of some of the most unusual, crude, and shocking names ever, presenting a laugh-out-loud overview of eccentricity through the ages.


About Russell Ash

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RUSSELL ASH is best known for his annual Top 10 of Everything and other reference books. He is the author of numerous humor titles, and his extensive research work encompasses biographical studies and genealogy.  His ancestors include Claudius Ash (the inventor of false teeth) and Serjeant (his name, not his rank) Ash, and he married into a family that celebrates its ancestors, the Cobbledicks.
Published November 10, 2009 by St. Martin's Press. 256 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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